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    Commas

    Are the placements of my commas correct?

    A criticism of XXX Company is that, by cloning companies, it is stifling innovation.
    A criticism of XXX Company is that by cloning companies, it is stiffling innovation.

    Or no commas at all? Thank you.

    Kindly help.

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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Sep-2017 at 08:57. Reason: Enlarged font to make post readable

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    Re: Commas

    I'd use the first. "by cloning companies" is a parenthetical statement so should be enclosed between commas (or brackets). Without that phrase, you are still left with a grammatical sentence: A criticism of [company name] is that it is stifling innovation".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Commas

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'd use the first. "by cloning companies" is a parenthetical statement so should be enclosed between commas (or brackets). Without that phrase, you are still left with a grammatical sentence: A criticism of [company name] is that it is stifling innovation".
    But would it still be acceptable to use the second or even none at all?

    Thank you so much. Appreciate the help.
    Last edited by hatgray; 17-Sep-2017 at 09:18.

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    Re: Commas

    I would use both, and I think that Emsr2d2 meant the same, though I will let her confirm it. She talks of a parenthetical phrase, which requires two commas.

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    Re: Commas

    So I can use either of the two, but not the one without commas?

    Thank you. Appreciate it

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    Re: Commas

    I would accept zero, one or two commas. I'd probably write it with two.

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    Re: Commas

    Yes, I meant that both are acceptable but I'd use the first. I wouldn't be keen on a version with no commas.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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